Tim Ajax

Sanctuary Blog

by Tim Ajax, Director

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary


Some people monkey around a little, some people monkey around a lot, and then there's Tim. He's a prince among primates, presiding over hundreds of fellow bipeds in the often-brutal Texas outdoors. There's no ape escape for Tim and his crew, but no matter. They love to help macaques, baboons and vervets live out their lives with as much freedom as possible. And like peeling a banana, Tim's blogs take you to the good stuff inside — with a steady supplement of Texas weather updates, of course!


Cold Reality for the Monkeys

Published: 10/27/10

It seemed a little strange to be placing hay in sleeping quarters and checking heaters while sweating in 90-degree heat under a bright, blue, south Texas sky, but that’s exactly what we did today. The first true cold front of the season is on its way and is due to hit the sanctuary tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to hit the low 40s or upper 30s — a difference of almost 50 degrees from day to night. With the monkeys still in summer mode, this first front will be a little hard on them, so we’re taking some time to make it as easy on them as possible.

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Sanctuary Stay — Part 3

Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Exchanges Smiles With an ‘Ex-Pet’ Monkey

Published: 10/18/10

Come walk in my shoes as I tell another tale from my visit to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Upon our arrival on a muggy Sunday afternoon in Dilley, Texas, all I wanted to do was run to the nearest enclosure and start snapping pictures of these captivating monkeys! I stifled my excitement long enough to introduce myself to the very generous and accommodating sanctuary staff, drop my luggage in the pleasantly air-conditioned volunteer trailer, and change into clothing more suitable for the uneven earth and blaring sun. Then it was time!

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Sanctuary Stay — Part 2

Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Can See the Primates Are in Good Hands

Published: 09/30/10

The action continues as I regale you with another tale from my visit to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary!

Because our sanctuary is not open to the public, I want to share a few highlights of the amazing (and backbreaking) work that goes on down there with a series of blogs. And if you want to help the monkeys, consider making a donation to the sanctuary. I can say for sure that every cent goes a long way toward giving our sanctuary residents the best care possible!

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Sanctuary Stay — Part 1

Born Free USA’s Lorry Marvin Watches Chatter Explore His New Digs

Published: 09/21/10

Being a development associate with Born Free USA involves a lot of time indoors, behind a computer. One of my responsibilities here is to help raise money for our 500 primates living as free as they can be at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary — so I jumped at the chance to get outside (in the hot Texas heat, no less) to help the sanctuary’s director, Tim Ajax, and his crew care for the primates for a week. It was hard work, but so rewarding!

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Vote for your favorite primate and get a free prize

Published: 05/25/10

Cast your vote for the newest member to the Born Free USA Adopt a Primate program, and win a free prize when you sign up to receive our action alerts.

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Neon Spring

Published: 05/14/10

With ample rainfall over the winter and moderate temperatures for spring we had quite a show here. The diversity of plant life was impressive and the colors were brilliant. Everywhere we looked seas of yellow, orange, purple and red dominated the landscape providing plenty of stimulation for the monkeys and critical habitat for the native species. Even the trees got into the act with fresh-leaved mesquites glowing neon green.

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Slip-slidin’ Away...

Published: 02/09/10

Two Snow Monkeys share some warmth during a cold spell.

2010 has gotten off to a very cold start. In fact, it has been one of the coldest winters in more than ten years here. For several nights in a row we had temperatures hovering in the teens and while the baboons shivered and the snow monkeys snuggled for warmth, staff worked hard to make sure everyone had plenty of hay and heat for the more sensitive primates. Pipes froze, the ground crackled underfoot, and the small ponds iced over.

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It’s Elemental: Simple Sanctuary Upgrades & A Break from the Texas Heat

From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 4, Winter 2009

Published: 11/16/09

Throughout the long, tough summer we managed to get quite a bit done for the Sanctuary. But activity really picked up as Fall brought cooler temperatures and better working conditions. There were two main issues on our plate that we were determined to push through and I’m happy to say we’ve had great success, thanks in large part to our hard-working staff and the generosity of our supporters and foundations.

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